It’s the week before Christmas! I’m taking a wild guess here that you might not have a lot of time to write this week. Am I right?
This time of year can be such a complex blend of circumstances. We can be busy and lonely. Sad and joyful. Mourning and celebrating.
We can want to write in our journals, or work on our books, but have a really hard time finding the time to squeeze it in.
And yet….the holidays are a special time for writers. It doesn’t matter if you write just for you or for publication. We are surrounded by even more stimulation than we have in our everyday, non-holiday schedules (hard to believe, I know), which means we have more material to pull from.
This time of year I recommend it’s time to bust out the list writing skills and use them for more than tracking your gift giving and meal making plans.
Here are some lists you could make this holiday season:
Sara Marchessault is a writer, publisher, teacher, and mom who is on a mission to increase joy on the planet. Through the practice of self-reflection, we become aware of what brings us joy and what does not, and we make choices to move forward or stand still. Journal writing is a powerful reflection tool that can help any of us move forward, even in the darkest of times. For ideas on how you can get the benefits of journal writing without always keeping a traditional journal, check out Sara’s book, Beyond Pen & Paper: 33 Experiments in Journaling.